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Doing Business in Canada: Foreign Investment & Mergers

INVESTMENT CANADA ACT - Non-Canadians who acquire control of an existing Canadian business or who wish to establish a new unrelated Canadian business are subject to the federal Investment Canada Act (ICA). In either...more

Investment Canada Act and Competition Act Mandatory Review Thresholds For 2014

On January 20, 2014, the Competition Bureau announced the 2014 “size of transaction” pre-merger notification threshold would increase to $82 million; the 2013 threshold was $80 million. ...more

Canadian Government Rejects Accelero–Allstream Deal on National Security Grounds

On October 7, 2013, Minister of Industry James Moore announced that the “Government of Canada has concluded its review of Accelero Capital Holdings’ proposed acquisition of the Allstream division of Manitoba Telecom Services...more

New Bill Heightens Potential For More Investment Canada Reviews Of SOE Acquisitions

Last week the Canadian Government introduced amendments to the Investment Canada Act (ICA) to implement its revised policy towards state-owned enterprises (SOEs) which it announced in December last year....more

Focus On Competition, Antitrust And Foreign Investment - January 2013: "Investment Canada And Competition Law – 2012 In Review and...

In This Issue: - Investment Canada ..State-Owned Enterprises Under Scrutiny - Competition Act ..Mergers ..Cartels And Bid-Rigging ..Price Maintenance ..Abuse Of Dominance ..Competition Bureau...more

Increase in the Mandatory Review Thresholds under the Competition Act and the Investment Canada Act

Competition Act - Increase in Transaction-Size Threshold - The Competition Bureau announced that the pre-merger notification threshold relating to transaction-size will increase to $80 million from the 2012 threshold of...more

Canadian Government Approves CNOOC’s Acquisition of Nexen

Monumental US$15.1 billion acquisition results in the largest foreign acquisition by a Chinese company to date. On December 7, the Canadian government approved the acquisition of Calgary, Alberta–based petroleum company...more

Canadian Government Adjusts Rules for Foreign Investment

On December 7, 2012, the Canadian Minister of Industry announced decisions under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) to allow acquisitions by two foreign state-owned enterprises (SOEs): of Nexen Inc. by China National Offshore...more

New Rules for Foreign Investment by State-Owned Enterprises - Do They Strike the Right Balance?

On December 7, 2012 the federal government announced its approval of both Malaysian-controlled PETRONAS’ proposed $6 billion acquisition of Progress Energy Resources Corp. (“Progress”) and China National Offshore Oil...more

PETRONAS Decision Signals Feds' Caution on SOE Investment Reviews

On October 19, 2012, minutes prior to the expiry of the review period mandated by the Investment Canada Act (ICA), the Minister of Industry, Christian Paradis, announced that he was rejecting the proposed acquisition of...more

Doing Business in Canada: Foreign Investment

In addition to certain industry sector regulations that may apply, both the Investment Canada Act and the Competition Act subject foreign investments to review in Canada. While the Canadian government encourages foreign...more

Doing Business in Canada: Mergers & Acquisitions

Significant legal requirements may arise under corporate and securities laws when acquiring or investing in a Canadian company or business in Canada. In a proposed acquisition, the ownership structure of the target business...more

The Canadian Oil Sands: A Backgrounder: Structuring your Transaction or Project

Valuation - Land sale spending in Alberta surged in 2010 due to a combination of new plays, enhanced oil sands technologies and a rebound in oil prices. From April 2010 to March 2011, 365,969 hectares of Crown oil...more

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